Humidifiers Vs Dehumidifiers: Which Is Right For You?

June 1, 2022 - 5 min read 

You probably don’t think about how dry or how moist your air is until it’s at one extreme or the other. Throughout the year, depending on how dry or humid the air is, you may need to use a humidifier or dehumidifier for added comfort. Both systems are used to maintain humidity levels inside living spaces and help reduce ailments like chest congestion, allergies, and asthma. Wondering which is right for you? Keep reading to find out more …

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What Does A Humidifier Do?

Put simply, humidifiers add moisture into the air by releasing water vapour or steam. They are great in helping prevent issues related to lower humidity levels like dry throat, lips, nose, and skin by increasing the dampness in the surrounding air.

What Are Humidifiers Good For?

Humidifiers are especially good during cool winter months. Reason being that the air is drier during the colder months – this not only can dry out your skin but also provides a welcoming environment for airborne bugs which can cause colds or flus to thrive. They are most often found in frequently used rooms such as the living room or bedroom.

"Moisture from a humidifier can also be helpful around the home. Certain houseplants love moisture and may become more vibrant, and wooden floors or furniture may last longer."

Benefits Of Humidifiers

Using a humidifier is one of the best ways to add moisture to the air. They’re good for easing a dry nose and throat as well as chapped lips and sinus congestion. Moisture from a humidifier can also be helpful around the home. Certain houseplants love moisture and may become more vibrant, and wooden floors or furniture may last longer. 

Best Humidifiers

Think a humidifier is the way to go? Then let us introduce you to some of the top humidifiers that are leading the way. Breville has plenty to choose from at the moment. In particular, The Smart Mist Humidifier which brings a little smart technology to your life with its Sensair System that gives you Live Comfort Control, so the humidity always remains in the "sweet spot". Another favourite is the The Easy Mist Humidifier which is easy to use with cool and warm mist, aromatherapy and 3 mist levels.

Shop The Smart Mist Humidifier 

Shop The Easy Mist Humidifier 

What Does A Dehumidifier Do?

The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove water from the air. As their name suggests, they help to bring down the level of humidity in the air of an overly humid room. They strip the air of moisture and blow dry air back out.

What Are Dehumidifiers Good For?

If you notice damp or mould in a room, it’s more than likely too humid. A good dehumidifier will dry the air out in the room and help reduce the chance of mould forming on the surface of furniture, bed sheets, curtains, clothing, and the like. Plus, they can help to reduce musty odours which accompany mould and mildew and reduce dust in the air.

Woman with allergies at home.

Benefits Of Dehumidifiers

One of the major benefits of dehumidifiers is how they help with allergies. The usual culprits which trigger allergies, such as dust mites and mould, thrive in humid environments. Dehumidifiers keep these certain types of pests that are drawn to moist environments, like spiders and cockroaches, at bay. Reducing the amount of moisture in the air also means you won’t always have to run your air conditioner as frequently in the summer months, which could mean lower energy bills.

Best Dehumidifiers

Finding the right dehumidifier for your needs can be tricky – here are a couple of recommendations that are loved by our customers. They include the DeLonghi 21L Tasciugo Aria Dry Pure Dehumidifier which can remove up to 21 litres of moisture every day and The Smart Dry Dehumidifier by Breville which is a clever choice for those with limited space.

Shop The DeLonghi 21L Tasciugo Aria Dry Pure Dehumidifier

Shop The Smart Dry Dehumidifier

Humidifiers Vs Dehumidifier

We have covered a lot so here’s a summary to help you decide which device is right for you.

A humidifier is the right choice if your home is in a particularly dry climate and you need to raise the level of moisture in the air. This device is worth considering if you suffer from sinus issues, a dry throat or if dry air aggravates your respiratory system.

Investing in a dehumidifier is an intelligent move if you need to rid a room of musty smells, dust mites and other creepy crawlies (and help prevent their spread). A dehumidifier can also help preserve furniture and lower a room’s temperature without the need to turn on an air conditioner.

Find Your Humidifier or Dehumidifier With The Good Guys

So, there you have it! Now you’re armed with plenty of information about what makes Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers tick. If you have further questions or would like to explore our range, come in and see us in store to discuss which one is right for you.

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